Names of Philadelphia building collapse victims released
The City of Philadelphia has released the names of those deceased and injured in the Center City building collapse. Six people have died and 13 were injured.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased,” Mayor Michael Nutter said.
Kimberly Finnegan, Borbor Davis, Juanita Harmin, Mary Simpson, Anne Bryan and Roseline Conteh died in the collapse.
Bryan has been identified as the 24-year-old daughter of Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler. She was a Penn Charter High School graduate and a first-year student at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts.
"No one could ask for a better daughter, sister or friend," a statement from the family reads. "That she will not be here to continue to touch the lives of those around her is of intense pain to all of our family and her friends."
Davis, an immigrant from Liberia, was a five-year employee of the Salvation Army Thrift Store that was next to the building being demolished that collapsed onto the store, according to the Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis, pastor of Borbor's church in Lansdowne, Delaware County.
"He and his wife, Maggie Davis, were always together, you know," Rev. Suah-Dennis said. "So they were an inspiration to our church. ... Part of our practice as Liberians is we honor a particular man and a particular woman as the father and mother of the year. And we gave him that honor three years ago."
The names of the injured are: Susan Randall, Betty Brown, Shirley Ball, Linda Bell, Jennifer Reynolds, Nadine White, Margarita Agosta, Richard Stasiorowski, Rosemary Kreutzberg, Rodney Geddis, Felicia Hill, Daniel Johnson and Myra Plekan.
Nutter also praised five men - Jordan McLauglin, Ray Kauffman, Bill Roam, Patrick Glynn and Brian Mullins - for their attempts to rescue people trapped in the rubble immediately after the building collapsed.
He called for the respect of privacy for the victims and their families. “I ask all Philadelphians to remember those who perished and their families in their prayers and thoughts.”